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Sarah Garibova

Sarah Garibova

Assistant Teaching Professor

414 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8940

Office Hours

  • Fall Office Hours: Tue 10am-12pm, and by appointment


  1. Ph.D., University of Michigan, History, 2017
  2. B.A., University of Washington, Russian Language and Literature and European Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 2009


I am a historian of modern Jewish history with an emphasis on the Soviet Jewish experience—a history that challenges many common assumptions about what it means to be Jewish. Both my research and teaching delve into the intersection of state policy and everyday lived experience. I also analyze the complexity of identity, belief, and action in periods of rapid social change. My work also explores the lasting reach of local communities and landscapes in the wake of social and political upheaval.

My current research focuses on Soviet Jewish mourning practices after the Second World War. I analyze Soviet Jews’ efforts to preserve and adapt traditional mourning rituals in response to novel burial sites, catastrophic demographic decline, as well as ongoing urban migration and secularization. I am also working on a project about interethnic relations between Soviet Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors in the former shtetls of Belarus and Ukraine after the Second World War.

Recent Courses

J ST 010: Jewish Civilization
J ST 083: First Year Seminar (Holocaust Memory, Commemoration, and Education)

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